Castleford Tigers caretaker boss Danny Orr refused to pin any blame on Rangi Chase after his late pass was intercepted by Tigers old boy Ryan McGoldrick for Salford’s winning try.
Tigers looked to be heading for only their second win in 11 league games when they led Brian Noble’s City Reds 30-28 late in the second half.
But when Chase, who played a key role in all six Cas tries, threw out a pass that was intercepted by McGoldrick, the points were staying in Salford.
“Rangi is a world-class player as we could see from the things he did out there tonight.
“You can only admire him and I’m not going to tell him to change his game.
“He knows that pass probably wasn’t on but we did not help ourselves and got in an arm wrestle.
“We did not perform and self-destructed.”
It was a theme the former Cas, Wigan and London half-back warmed to, saying his side got what they deserved fromt he game – nothing.
“We didn’t deserve to win and to concede 34 points was disappointing,” said Orr. “We were outmuscled and our kicking game was terrible in the first half.”
The win was enough for the Reds to end a three-match losing streak and haul themselves from the foot of the standings, with Cas their replacements in last place.
For the Tigers, Kirk Dixon was the only change from the side beaten at Leeds in the Challenge Cup, with James Clare missing out.
In a game which see-sawed throughout Cas took the lead through Nathan Massey after four minutes and scored further tries through Adam Milner, Oliver Holmes, Jamie Ellis and Jordan Thompson, with Ellis kicking three goals, but it was the former Cas man, McGoldrick, who won it for the hosts with his late interception, while former Leeds Rhino Danny Williams was among the other Salford try scorers.
Salford city Reds: Sneyd, Broughton, Gibson, Gleeson, D. Williams, Fages, McGoldrick, Griffin, Godwin, Emmitt, Ashurst, Dixon, Wild. Subs: Foran, Mauro, James, A. Walne.
Castleford Tigers: Tansey, Carney, Shenton, Thompson, Dixon, Chase, Ellis, Mason, Milner, Huby, Hauraki, Holmes, Massey. Subs: Walker, Clark, Gilmour, Boyle.
Referee: Thierry Alibert (France).